SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Kyler Thayer scored his first collegiate goal to tie the game early in the second half, but Salar Faryar scored an 82nd-minute, game-winning goal to give regionally-ranked Le Moyne College a 2-1 win over the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team on Saturday at Ted Grant Field.
After Marek Weber gave Le Moyne (9-2-2, 5-2-2 NE10) the lead with a 49th-minute penalty kick, Thayer headed in a Jack Heintzelman cross in the 57th minute to bring Saint Anselm (3-7-1, 3-6-0 NE10) level. However, Faryar's late winner gave the hosts the win in the fourth meeting in the last six between the two programs that was decided by a single goal. Le Moyne was ranked No. 6 in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region rankings.
Le Moyne held a 5-3 advantage in shots in a scoreless first half but took 13 of the 16 shots after the break. Helio Meirelles Neto had just one save to make in the first half and denied Weber and Faryar in quick succession in the first four minutes of the second half to keep the game scoreless.
However, Saint Anselm was whistled for a foul following Neto's save on Faryar in the 49th minute and Weber converted from the spot to break the deadlock. Weber's goal was his NE10-leading 14th tally of the season.
Less than eight minutes after Weber's spot kick, Thayer tied it up at a goal apiece as the left back grabbed his first-career goal in the 47th game of his collegiate career. The senior headed the ball inside the right post from three yards out off a cross from Heintzelman on the left wing. Heintzelman's assist gave him at least one point in five of the last eight games.
The score remained locked at 1-1 until Faryar beat a defender and chipped the keeper from 15 yards out with his seventh goal of the season for the decisive goal.
Neto made seven saves for the second-straight game but suffered the loss in Saint Anselm's fifth one-goal setback of the season. Ben Beaury stopped two shots for Le Moyne to improve to 9-2-2 this season.
Saint Anselm plays a pair of home games next week, beginning with a visit from Stonehill to Melucci Field for a 3 p.m. start on Wednesday, Oct. 18.